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Old 09-13-2014, 03:28 PM   #1
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Saigon to Hanoi

Just returned from 1 month in Vietnam on a semi organised tour consisting of 8, the 2 who run it and a guide.
Arrived in Saigon ( Ho Chi Mihn City) mid August and it was 32 degrees going from hot and humid to pouring with rain most afternoons.

Landing at Saigon airport you see old Vietnam war hangers.


First impressions were that Honda had taken over the world with 50 and 100 cc bikes and scooters.


Parking on the road for bikes is not allowed so they are parked on the footpath often making it impassable.


Crossing the road was a skill we learned early as no one stops at crossing and not so much at traffic lights.
You just amble across and the bikes go around you, seems to work.


You can carry a lot on a Honda. Power cabling is just added and added. Every where has free WiFi.


" legally" ( LOL) helmets are required but not often worn, not that they are made to any standards anyway.

The footpath when not used for parking makes a great workshop.
Mostly 4 stroke bikes, so air quality is not to bad.

Finding a place to eat is hit and miss as standards are ...er variable.
Tried out the local dish of Pho, a beef noodle soup. Costs about a dollar and beer is much the same price.
This was the hotel which was very nice.

First day of the riding and the mighty Honda FightHawk arrived. There were 4 of them and we formed a club called FightHawk Club....we don't talk about it.
Honda FightHawk is a Thailand built 150 cc Sports Tourer.
As we were two up was supposed to be " a big bore kit" fitted.
Speed limit is 60 kmph for two wheel open road ( 80 for 4) and 50 urban.
Believe me 60/70 is about as fast as you would want to go.
Stay tuned as only 32 gig of photos to go thru....
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Old 09-13-2014, 04:33 PM   #2
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Old 09-13-2014, 05:22 PM   #3
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Looks like fun.......................
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:22 PM   #4
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awesome - looking forward to seeing the highlights of your 32g's worth
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:35 PM   #5
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:11 PM   #6
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Sounds like great fun, did you partake in any of the "traffic light GP" starts?
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The traffic looks bad from the footpath but once you in in and on the horn it was not too bad. Once clear of Saigon there were less bikes.
They say 90 million people and 36 million motorcycles, Honda must be pleased.
Its a Communist country but not in the Soviet model. I was told its changed recently to a sort of 'free market economy'

Lots of propaganda around the place, this one is the anniversary of the French Defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954.
Smaller towns get the loud speaker treatment at about 5:00 am.....
Vietnam has had to deal with a lot in the last 70 years.
Cows just wander along the road, they seem used to people, vehicles and of course horns.

Vietnam is the 2nd largest producer of Coffee I was told.
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Old 09-14-2014, 03:52 AM   #8
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Thank you for sharing, looking forward to more pics :-)

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Old 09-15-2014, 02:11 AM   #10
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Hondas are very versatile.

Road surfaces were variable.
Bit challenging for latte swilling Jaffas...the missus took some shots when not hanging on or screaming.


We had one day that was 200 kms of roadworks, gravel and potholes with trucks and busses coming at you and livestock trying to cross the road...
It finished in the worst thunder and lightning storm I can remember, not great as the water covered the potholes
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:58 PM   #12
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Mate, that looks an absolute blast riding small bikes on those roads, top effort
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Mate, that looks an absolute blast riding small bikes on those roads, top effort
With a speed limit of 60 kmph for bikes and 80 for trucks, cars etc, coupled with narrow variable roads 150cc was ample.
They were all fitted with a chunky rear tyre which gave good traction.
Missus ( Aka Traction Control) never complained once.
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Children all run out and say "Hello", sometimes we handed out balloons and other bits to break the ice.

Working on boat with bow driven drill.

rice paddys

Rubber trees, rolled up a small bit and it bounced like the old 'superballs'

We followed the Ho Chi Mihn trail up the Vietnam side of the Laos border. Not very busy, built by the Cubans apparently.

Hoian, 500 year old Japanese trading port.



yeah....rivers and boats make good photos

War era hangers at Danang

Beach across the road.

miles and miles of cemeteries. Some pretty flash ones.


Sunrise over Hue ( hu way) front line in 1968 Tet Offensive.

Citadel Complex, much of it was destroyed in the battle.



Whew....photobucketed out for evening.
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Some awesome photos there.
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